The Poem as a Mirror


Richard Blanco

May 26-28, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$340 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

In January 2013, Richard Blanco became the youngest and first Hispanic and gay person to serve as the United States Presidential inaugural poet when he read his poem, “One Today,” at the swearing-in of President Obama.

“I think of the poem as a mirror,” Blanco says. “We stand in front of it to see our truest selves—but in the background is also reflected the rest of the world around us, so omnipresent we often do not see it.”

In this workshop, Blanco helps us to engage our private emotions, grapple with our personal truths, and express our griefs and joys while bringing into focus the larger consciousness of culture, gender, faith, and race in which our lives are embedded.

By reading poems across the ages, writing exercises, listening, and sharing our work, we discover how the expression of our personal voice meets compassion when we tap our lives into a larger, encompassing consciousness.

Whether you are a poet, a lover of poetry, or simply curious about poetry, join us as we discover what a poem can do for our hearts and souls—and the good work a poem can do for the world.


Faculty Bio

Why Attend

  • Spend a weekend immersed in the language of poetry to experience how a poem can move your heart and positively impact the world.

  • Gain confidence in expressing yourself through words, sharing your voice, and appreciating the work of others.

  • Engage with yourself on a deep level of inquiry, with the guidance of award-winning poet Richard Blanco.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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